An Innovative Method to Characterize the Solar Cycle

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Liang Zhao—University of Michigan scientist and recent HAO/LSV postdoc—has authored an Astrophysical Journal paper with co-authors Enrico Landi (University of Michigan) and Sarah Gibson (HAO/LSV). The paper is titled "Two Novel Parameters to Evaluate the Global Complexity of the Sun’s Magnetic Field and Track the Solar Cycle". This paper has been profiled in an August, 2013 "Universe Today" article:
See article.

Solar Cycle Montage image
SD and SL parameters juxtaposed against the traditional monthly sunspot number (SSN). Note the smooth fit until the end of solar cycle #23 around 2003.